Israel Georgia Agreement Includes Military Cooperation

TBILISI (Reuters)–Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze pledged at talks on Monday to deepen cooperation between their two countries and signed numerous cooperation agreemen’s–among them a military accord.

‘Israel sees potential in Georgia," Netanyahu–underlining the importance of the former Soviet republic’s geographical position–told reporters during a brief visit.

He said he and Shevardnadze had discussed a pipeline which is expected to be built from Baku in Azerbaijan to the Turkish port of Ceyhan–via Georgian territory.

Netanyahu said the two sides would discuss the pipeline in more detail at a later stage but gave no details.

"Any additional supply of energy resources in the world is always something that is welcomed in Israel," he said–adding that it was no secret that Israel did not want to be dependent on supplies from the Middle East.

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